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January 2021

January 1: Normal and Dragon-type Gigantamax Event

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Availability Period
Start January 1st, 2021 (Fri.)
End January 31st, 2021 (Sun.) 11:59 GMT

January's the season for catching Gigantamax Snorlax and Gigantamax Duraludon in the latest Wild Area event! It will be a while before these Pokemon are as commonly available again, so don't miss this chance to grab them. Two other Normal and Dragon type Pokemon are available at increased rates in Max Raids as well.

January 01 to January 31, 2021
Max Raid Event
Gigantamax Pokemon
Gigantamax Snorlax ImageGigantamax Snorlax Gigantamax Duraludon ImageGigantamax Duraludon
Normal-type Pokemon Dragon-type Pokemon
Bewear ImageBewear Cinccino ImageCinccino
Haxorus ImageHaxorus Goodra ImageGoodra

List of Max Raid Events

January 8: Shiny Skwovet and Shiny Greedent!

Availability Period
Start January 8th, 2021 (Fri.)
End January 10th, 2021 (Sun.) 11:59 GMT

A similar event from November 2020 is returning to Max Raids for 3-days! Get a chance to encounter a Shiny Skwovet and Shiny Greedent. This Wild Area Event will also feature Pokemon such as Cherubi, Morelull, Shiinotec, Foongus, and Amoonguss.

January 08 to January 10, 2021
Max Raid Event
SkwovetSkwovet (Shiny) GreedentGreedent (Shiny) FoongusFoongus
MorelullMorelull CherubiCherubi ShiinoticShiinotic
AmoongussAmoonguss - -

December 2020

December 1: Ice and Fire Type Gigantamax Pokemon!

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Availability Period
Start December 01, 2020 (Tue.)
End December 31st, 2020 (Thur.) 11:59 GMT

Are you looking for Gigantamax Lapras or Gigantamax Centiskorch? Good news! You will have the chance to encounter them together with other Ice-type and Fire-type Pokemon in Max Raid Battles throughout December! Check the table below for all the available pokemon.

List of Pokemon
Weavile ImageWeavile
Ice Type
Avalugg ImageAvalugg
Ice Type
Gigantamax Lapras ImageGigantamax Lapras
Ice Type
Rapidash ImageRapidash
Fire Type
Turtonator ImageTurtonator
Fire Type
Gigantamax Centiskorch ImageGigantamax Centiskorch
Fire Type

November 2020

November 20: Shiny Skwovet and More!

Availability Period
Start November 20th, 2020 (Mon.)
End November 23rd, 2020 (Sun.) 11:59 GMT

List of Pokemon that will appear

Cherubi.png Cherubi Shiinotic.png Shiinotic Skwovet.png Skwovet
Greedent.png Greedent Amoonguss.png Amoonguss

Are you looking for a Shiny Skwovet? It is now your chance! Skwovet will appear more frequently in Max Raid Battles for 3-days from November 20th. More Skwovet means more chance of encountering a Shiny Skwovet!

You also have a higher chance of encountering the Pokemon listed in the table above and get rare items such as Custap Berry and Jaboca Berry. If you want these lovely treats, don't miss this chance!

To participate in this event, get the Wild Area News from the Mystery Gift menu.

November 13: Get Dada Zarude from Coco Movie

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Pokemon Official YouTube Channel Japan announced that Dada Zarude is coming this December! You can get Dada Zarude by watching Pokemon the Movie: Coco. This version of Zarude is the same as the Zarude in the movie, which is wearing a pink scarf around the neck with Celebi's Pokedex number.

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Level 70
Nature Adamant
Ability Leaf Guard
Move Jungle Healing
Hammer Arm
Power Whip
Energy Ball
Item Held Choice Scarf
Nickname オモヤのもり (Okoyanomori, the name of the forest from the movie)
Ball Cherish Ball

The movie is only available in Japan and is showing on December 25th. Fans will get a card with the serial number upon entering the theater, and it is for single-use only. Hopefully, some people that will watch the movie without the games are willing to share the serial number from unused cards.

How to Get Zarude

November 1: Bugs and Poison-types on the Loose!

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Availability Period
Start November 2nd (Mon.)
End November 30th, 2020 (Sun.) 11:59 GMT

Natural doesn't always mean safe with these critters! Several Bug-type and Poison-type Pokemon will appear at increased rates throughout November, with Gigantamax Butterfree and Gigantamax Garbodor making increased appearances as well.

October 2020

October 29: An Increase in Ghost Types in the Wild Area!

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Availability Period
October 29, 2020 5:00 PDT(Thu.) - November 1st, 2020 (Sun.) 03:59 PST

For a short time, between October 29 to November 1, there will be more chances to encounter Ghost-type Pokemon such as Cofagrigus, Trevenant, Mimikyu, and Polteageist from Max Raid Dens.

Players may also get a chance to encounter a Shiny Gourgeist!

October 23: Ranked Battle Series 7 Rules Revealed

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Ranked Battle Series 7's rules has been announced! Starting November 1, Pokemon reintroduced in The Crown Tundra DLC will be available for use.

Additionally, Pokemon banned during Series 6 will make a return. The new and returning Pokemon is sure to shake up the metagame once more!

November 1, 2020 (Sun.) 9:00 PM PDT - December 31, 2020 (Thu.) 4:59 PM PDT

Ranked Battle Series 7 | Rules and Legal Pokemon

October 23: The Crown Tundra Update Released

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The Software Update containing The Crown Tundra DLC has been released for Pokemon Sword and Shield as of 01:00 UTC.

Learn how to find and download the update below!

How to Download the Crown Tundra DLC Update

October 2: Ranked Battle Series 7 Starts on November 1

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Ranked Battle Series 7 has been announced! Starting November 1, Pokemon banned during Series 6 will make a return and is set to shake up the metagame once more!

November 1, 2020 (Sun.) 9:00 PM PDT - December 31, 2020 (Thu.) 4:59 PM PDT

Ranked Battle Series 7 | Rules and Legal Pokemon

October 1: Ghost and Dark Types Stalk the Wild Area!

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Availability Period
October 1st, 2020 (Thu.) - November 1st, 2020 (Sun.) 24:00 UTC

From October 1 to November 1, Ghost-type and Dark-type Pokemon are more likely to appear in Max Raid Dens. After checking the Wild Area News, you'll be able to finda variety of Pokemon in Dens across the Wild Area.

All players have a chance to to encounter a Gigantamax Gengar and a Gigantamax Grimmsnarl in these dens!

Check out our full article to learn more!
List of Max Raid Events

September 2020

September 29: Ash's Pikachu Distribution

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Special Pikachu wearing variants of Ash's cap make a return and will be released one after another via Mystery Gift! Passwords for these special Pikachu will be revealed in the Official Website.

Check out our full article for more information.
Ash's Pikachu Distribution

September 29: Pokemon GO and Pokemon HOME Link Coming Within 2020!

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The link between Pokemon GO and Pokemon HOME has been confirmed for availability within 2020, by the end of the year. This unlocks new potential for players to use Pokemon that would normally be difficult to obtain in Pokemon Sword and Shield!

Pokemon GO and Pokemon HOME Link Details

September 29: Physical Versions of Expansion Pass Announced

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Until this point, the Expansion Pass has been available solely as a digital download. For the first time, a physical bundle of Pokemon Sword and Shield together with the Expansion Pass will be released on November 6th, 2020!

Expansion Pass Physical Release

September 17: New Chance for a Shiny!

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Availability Period
Start September 17th, 2020 (Thurs.) 5:00 p.m. PDT
End September 20th, 2020 (Sun.) 4:59 p.m. PDT

Don't miss this extremely short Max Raid Event appearing for the Seasonal Equinox! The Moon Stone evolvees Clefable, Wigglytuff, and Musharna and the Sun Stone evolvees Bellossom, Whimsicott, and Lilligant will appear throughout the Wild Area and Isle of Armor.

This event features a high chance of Shiny Clefable appearing, so Shiny hunters, get your Ultra Balls stocked and ready!

September 17 to September 20, 2020
Max Raid Event
Moon Stone Pokemon
ClefableClefable WigglytuffWigglytuff MusharnaMusharna
Sun Stone Pokemon
BellossomBellossom WhimsicottWhimsicott LilligantLilligant

List of Max Raid Events

September 1: Shimmering Electric and Grass Types Abound

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Availability Period
September 1st, 2020 (Sat.) - September 30th, 2020 (Sun.) 24:00 UTC

From September 1 to September 30, Electric-type and Grass-type Pokemon are more likely to appear in Max Raid Dens. After checking the Wild Area News, you'll be able to find a variety of Pokemon in Dens across the Wild Area.

Players with Pokemon Sword also have a chance to encounter Gigantamax Appletun and Gigantamax Toxtricity (Low Key Form).

Players with Pokemon Shield will have a chance to encounter Gigantamax Flapple and Gigantamax Toxtricity (Amped Form).

List of Max Raid Events

August 2020

August 31: Ranked Battle Series 6 Begins!

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Starting on August 31, all the Series 6 ruleset has come into official use for Ranked Battle. Over 16 top ranking Pokemon will be excluded from Ranked Battle. Check out our full article to learn more!

Ranked Battle Series 6 | Rules and Legal Pokemon

August 23: Competitive Porygon2 Giveaway


From August 23 to August 31, a competitive Porygon2 is available to download via Mystery Gift! Don't miss the chance to get this battle-ready Pokemon built for Trick Room Teams!

How to Get Mystery Gifts and List of Codes

August 6: Pikachu Mass Appearance!

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From August 6 to August 9, there is an increased chance to encounter the entire Pikachu family in the Wild Area's dens. Apart from a chance to get a shiny Pikachu, you have a chance to get an Alolan Raichu - a Pokemon you can't find outside of Pokemon HOME or as a one-time present in the Isle of Armor!

Mimikyu also has a chance to appear as part of the event!

List of Max Raid Events

August 1: A Surge of Water and Ground Types Appear!

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From August 1 to August 30, Water-type and Ground-type Pokemon are more likely to appear in Max Raid Dens. After checking the Wild Area News, you'll be able to find a variety of Pokemon in Dens across the Wild Area, with Gigantamax Drednaw and Gigantamax Sandaconda making appearances as well.

List of Max Raid Events

July 2020

July 7th: Pokemon Sword and Shield Upgraded to Version 1.2.1!


The latest update for the game is available as a free patch! This update fixes an issue in the Y-Comm where trainers were being mismatched to the wrong Link Code. Hopefully we've received some quality of life improvements with the Y-Comm as well.

To download the update, simply go to the Home menu on your switch, hit the + button while the Pokemon Sword/Shield icon is selected, and choose Software Update > Via the Internet.

You'll need to have your Nintendo Switch connected to the Internet, but a Nintendo Online subscription is not required.

Patch Notes for Version 1.2.1

Ver. 1.2.1 (Released July 7, 2020)

A bug in regards to the number of digits for password settings has been fixed.
In regards to the passwords that can be set for Y-Comm and Max Raid Battles, we fixed the bug where players could be matched with others whose passwords were not coinciding.

Other updated content
We fixed several other issues to improve game play experience.

June 2020

Ranked Battle Series 5 has begun!


Itching to use your new Isle of Armor Pokemon in the big leagues? The wait is over! All Isle of Armor Pokemon, including Urshifu and its Gigantamax forms, are now legal for Ranked Battle!

Before you start, check out our new Best Builds for each of the new Pokemon, and our detailed explanation of the revised ruleset!

Movesets & Best Builds for Isle of Armor Pokemon
ScizorScizor KingdraKingdra MagnezoneMagnezone
VolcaronaVolcarona ChanseyChansey BlisseyBlissey
TalonflameTalonflame AzumarillAzumarill Galarian SlowbroGalarian Slowbro
Porygon2Porygon2 Urshifu Single-Strike StyleUrshifu Single-Strike Style Urshifu Rapid-Strike StyleUrshifu Rapid-Strike Style
SlowbroSlowbro Alolan MarowakAlolan Marowak DragalgeDragalge
KlefkiKlefki LycanrocLycanroc AmoongussAmoonguss
PoliwrathPoliwrath PalossandPalossand MienshaoMienshao
StarmieStarmie HeracrossHeracross ComfeyComfey

Cobalion, Terrakion, and Virizion have also been made available, but can currently only be obtained via Pokemon HOME or trading with other players.

Newly Legal Pokemon via Pokemon HOME
TerrakionTerrakion CobalionCobalion VirizionVirizion

Ranked Battle Rules and Legal Pokemon

Collect Your Free Zeraora!

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Event Period
(Year 2020)
June 30, 2020 (Tues.) 3:00 PM UTC - July 6, 2020 (Tues) 11:59 PM UTC
Requirements Move Pokemon between Pokemon HOME and Pokemon Sword or Shield between June 30 and July 6, 2020.

Because more than a million players defeated Zeraora in Max Raid Battles during its event, all players, even those who did not defeat Zeraora, can receive a free Shiny Zeraora!

To receive and transfer your Zeraora to Pokemon Sword or Shield, you'll need to download both the mobile and Switch versions of Pokemon HOME, though no subscriptions are required. Learn how to complete the process easily in our full guide!

How to Get the Zeraora Mystery Gift

Steel & Rock Types Rising from the Earth!

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Availability Period
June 30th, 2020 (Tues.) - July 31st, 2020 (Fri.) 24:00 UTC

Starting on Tuesday, June 30th, Steel-type and Rock-type Pokemon are more likely to appear in Max Raid Dens. After checking the Wild Area News, you'll be able to find a variety of Pokemon in Dens across the Wild Area, with Gigantamax Coalossal and Gigantamax Copperajah making appearances as well.

List of Max Raid Events

Galar Starters available with Hidden Abilities!


The Galar Starter Pokemon, Rillaboom, Cinderace, and Sobble, are available for the first time with new Hidden Abilities, available for free in the mobile version of Pokemon HOME. This will unlock a world of new potential for these Pokemon, so be sure to grab them before it's too late!
How to Get & Transfer Hidden Ability Starters from Pokemon HOME

Also, check out our new Best Builds for each of their fully-evolved forms to learn how to use 'em once you got 'em!

Galar Starters - Hidden Ability Builds
Cinderace Icon.pngCinderace
Libero Build
Rillaboom Icon.pngRillaboom
Grassy Surge Build
Inteleon Icon.pngInteleon
Sniper Build

Gigantamax Festival!

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Dates of the Festival
June 1nd, 2020 (Mon.) - June 29th, 2020 @4:59 PM PDT (Mon.)

In preparation for the release of The Isle of Armor on June 17th, the first half of the Expansion Pass DLC, Pokemon Sword and Shield are playing host to the biggest appearance of Gigantamax Pokemon ever! Read our full article for a list of all available Pokemon and what games they can be found in.

List of Max Raid Events

The Isle of Armor Release Date Confirmed for June 17th

At 10:00 PM JST on June 2nd, 2020, the release date for The Isle of Armor was confirmed for June 17th, 2020. Together with its release, we got a huge reveal of new Pokemon, Moves, Abilities and more for both parts of the Expansion Pass! Check out all updates to the game in our full articles below!

The Isle of Armor - All New Info

The Crown Tundra - All New Info

May 2020

Gigantamax Pikachu, Eevee and Meowth

Pokemon's mascots are coming to Max Raid Battles in Gigantamax form! These Gigantamax Pokemon were previously available only under exclusive circumstances, and are all appearing for the first time in raid battles. Don't miss your chance to obtain these cuties!

Pokemon Dates Appearing
Gigantamax PikachuGigantamax Pikachu May 11, 2020 – May 18, 2020
Gigantamax EeveeGigantamax Eevee May 18, 2020 – May 25, 2020
Gigantamax MeowthGigantamax Meowth May 25, 2020 – June 2, 2020

See All Max Raid Events

New Information About The Isle of Armor from Nintendo Direct Mini!

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  • A dojo has been added!
  • Evolution conditions for Kubfu via Towers of Two Fists have been explained!
  • More information about Starter Pokemon's Gigantamax forms and G-Max moves!

The Isle of Armor

March 2020

Kanto and Alola Starters Join Ranked Battle

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On Sunday, March 1st, 2020, Series 3 of Ranked Battle begins! With the Kanto and Alola Starters now legal for all play, the metagame is in for a shakeup. Find out how to use and counter the new fighters with our guides below!

Kanto & Alola Starters
PrimarinaPrimarina IncineroarIncineroar BlastoiseBlastoise
DecidueyeDecidueye VenusaurVenusaur

Kanto and Alola Regional Forms In Ranked Battle

Together with the newly legal Starter Pokemon, all Kanto and Alola regional forms available via Pokemon HOME became simultaneously legal for use in Ranked Battle.

Regional Forms
DarmanitanDarmanitan Alolan NinetalesAlolan Ninetales

The New Mythical Pokemon, Zarude, Has Been Discovered


The Rogue Monkey Pokemon has been discovered in the Galar region.

See the page on Zarude, the Dark/Grass-type Pokemon to debut in the new Pokemon the Movie: Coco, set to release in Japan on July 2020. Read on for the latest information, behavior, and characteristics predictions!
Zarude - How to Get and Release Date

February 2020

Pokemon HOME brings new Pokemon, Moves and Abilities to the table

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They say old is the new new! Pokemon HOME has opened the floodgates of Pokemon, Moves and Abilities from previous games, and players are already watching to see how the Ranked Battle metagame will change. Take a peek to see which strategies will be newly available to players.
New Pokemon, Abilities, and Moves available through Pokemon HOME

Pokemon Home Now Available on Nintendo Switch

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As of February 1st, 2020, Pokemon HOME is now available from the Nintendo eShop. Learn how to connect up to receive a free Bulbasaur, Charmander or Squirtle and Pikachu and transfer Pokemon from Let's Go, Eevee!, Let's Go, Pikachu! and Pokemon Bank.
How to Download Pokemon HOME and Transfer Pokemon

New Gigantamax Pokemon Released – Gigantamax Toxtricity!

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He's big, he's bad, he's Punk Rock. Amped Form and Low-Key Form are both represented in the new Gigantamax form of Toxtricity! Check out our article to find out what Dens to find Gigantamax Toxtricity, and learn about its G-Max Move, G-Max Stun Shock!!

Gigantamax Toxtricity and Den Location

Star and Ribbon Sweets Released!

From January 31 to February 17, 2020, new Sweets to create 18 new forms for Alcremie were available in-game.

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How to Get Star and Ribbon Sweets

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